On March 9, 1917, the ministries of the Evansville Rescue Mission commenced under the vision and leadership of its co-founders, Dr. Ernest “Pappy” Reveal and his wife, Mrs. Edna Reveal. Originally on Main Street and near the corner of First Street in downtown Evansville, the Mission was transferred to larger quarters on Second Street for fifteen years where Dr. and Mrs. Reveal established themselves as prominent evangelists in the Tri-State community.
Later in 1932, the Mission moved to the corner of Ninth and Locust streets where the entire block of the Keller-Crescent Printing Company was purchased through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Ingleheart.
Leading up to his death in 1959, Pappy touched countless lives by reaching out to the lost and those often shunned in society through the different ministries of the Evansville Rescue Mission, including Mission’s church home, the Evansville Christian Center.
Having big shoes to fill, Mr. George Blackmore became the Rescue Mission’s second President and eventually moved the Mission in 1972 to 300 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd where our homeless services took place for more than thirty years.
Just this past February, the Evansville Rescue Mission was able to successfully move its administrative and homeless service headquarters to 500 East Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713. What used to be Evansville’s Veteran Administrative and Medical Clinic, the ERM is now able to complete its operations all under one roof.
Throughout our 99 years of rich history, the Mission has been able to weather the storm financially through sound leadership (we have only had seven President/Chief Executive Officers since the Mission’s inception in 1917), through fiscal responsibility, and through caring, generous folks living here in the Tri-State.
We are excited to be rapidly approaching our centennial anniversary coming up in 2017. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to care for the Tri-State’s homeless, destitute, and disadvantaged youth.
As the Tri-State area’s oldest (since 1917) and largest ministry of its kind, the Evansville Rescue Mission is a non-denominational, Christian social service organization reaching out to those often overlooked in society—the homeless (men over 18), troubled teenagers, disadvantaged youth and impoverished families, living at or below the federal poverty line.
With a total of 55 employees and an organizational budget of $3.6 million, the Rescue Mission oversees four ministry divisions located in southwestern Indiana: the Residence Center, the Youth Care Center, Camp Reveal, and the Evansville Rescue Mission Thrift Store. Having these resources and ministry divisions allows us to offer a variety of ministerial services to our community.
Do you want to actually see what the Rescue Mission is all about? Please give us a call at (812) 421-3800 to arrange a tour of our facilities. Also feel free to read more about us by clicking the links below.